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Police shoot, wound robbery suspect in Minneapolis

  • December 6, 2011 - 10:32 AM

A man suspected of carrying out a string of recent armed robberies was shot and wounded by a police officer during a tracking operation late Monday afternoon in north Minneapolis.

Officers who had the suspect under surveillance stopped him in a vehicle on the 3800 block of Thomas Avenue N., according to police spokeman Sgt. Steve McCarty.

The suspect, armed with a shotgun, ran from the vehicle. After chasing him into an alley, the officers ordered him to drop his weapon, then shot him when he would not do so. The shooting happened about 4:45 p.m.

The suspect was taken to a hospital with noncritical injuries.

The officer who shot the suspect will be placed on three days' administrative leave, as is standard in such cases, police said.

McCarty confirmed that the man is suspected in 12 recent robberies. His targets ranged from convenience stores across the metro area to a cab driver in Minneapolis.

The man carried a handgun or sawed-off shotgun during the robberies.

EMMA CAREW GROVUM

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